Shea Ernshaw to Pen New YA Novel Staring Sally from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

by Jen Bernardini

Tim Burton’s film The Nightmare Before Christmas is lending its beloved character Sally to the world of Young Adult fiction. In The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally must navigate her feelings for Jack Skellington while trying to wrest her freedom from Dr. Finkelstein. Io9 has revealed that Disney has acquired Shea Ernshaw (The Wicked Deep and Winterwood) to pen the further adventures of Sally.

In this novel Sally and Jack are happily married, making Sally the Pumpkin Queen. Sally accidentally unleashes mysterious villain in Halloween Town which leads her to go on a quest into the other holiday worlds, including worlds that were not seen in the film. She will make discoveries about her past as well as figure out how to save the world.

“This new book, written from the point of view of Sally, takes place shortly after the movie ends. It’s the yet-to-be-told love story of Sally and Jack. But it’s also a coming-of-age story for Sally, as we see her navigate her new royal title as the Pumpkin Queen of Halloween Town,” Ernshaw explained in a Disney Q&A provided to io9. “[It] will hopefully give fans a long-awaited second dose of Sally, Jack, and all the familiar residents of Halloween Town, while introducing a new cast of grim, strange characters, that I hope readers will love.”

In The Nightmare Before Christmas we went along on Jack’s journey to find himself.  In the new novel readers will get to explore Sally’s identity with her while she figures out who she is, what part her past plays, and what her future holds.

“What does a ragdoll truly want out of life? What is she afraid of? And how much is she willing to risk to save those she loves? As we will learn in the book, she’s willing to risk quite a lot. Sally is one of the most compelling, and also richly-layered characters I’ve ever written, and it’s an honor to get to tell her story,” Ernshaw explained a Disney Q&A.

Ernshaw’s, as of now, untitled novel releases July 2022.


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